Friday, 28 November 2014

Books I read since my last update

It has been a while since I wrote a book post, and part of that is because I have been really struggling to finish any novels from some time in the middle of the summer. I just could not sustain interest in anything for quite some time. But I have read something! Here are some of the books I read since my last post.

The Vacationers - Emma Straub

I bought this one on a whim at Waverley train station and really, really enjoyed it. I read this in a few train journeys (from Edinburgh to Glasgow and back again) and think it painted a realistic picture of a family which was fun escapist fantasy. It really made me want to go on holiday though.

The Lemon Grove - Helen Walsh

Another novel set in the same part of Spain and about a family holiday. That is pretty much where the similarities stop. This has recently been nominated for a bad sex award and was interesting at first but I found it really grating by the end.

This One is Mine - Maria Semple

Another train station buy, this time at Waterloo. I really liked the way LA was evoked in this, there was a real sense of place in this novel and it felt like going to another world. It was really enjoyable as a story but I think I was getting sick and tired of reading about affairs at this point. I think Violet was an interesting character and once her husband started getting a better hearing I think it got more interesting. Another fun, light summer read.

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys - Viv Albertine

I bought a lot of books in train stations this summer and this was yet another. I really enjoyed it but felt it was a little flawed. As Viv Albertine says in the introduction these are the stories she wanted to tell, and though I wish there was more on some areas, I still found it captured a time I am fascinated by in a way that I enjoyed even if I found the emphasis on the boys part of the title annoying at times. 

Moranthology - Caitlin Moran

This was not bought in a train station! No this was bought during the festival for £1 (with a free copy of the The Times - I think I was meant to see it the other way round). I like Moran's writing style and enjoyed dipping into these essays while in my reading slump over the summer and early autumn.

The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion

This helped me break out of my spell of not finishing novels. I have, at the last count, five unfinished novels on my bedside table. This I bought in a charity shop, read on the train and ADORED. Don Tillman was a really relatable character and it was engaging and fun. I have heard not so great things about the sequel though so am not sure I will rush out to read that. I may instead finish The Fifth Child or Any Human Heart or The Magus...

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

All These Things That I've Done: Autumning Part Two

Autumning is totally a word and it is something I have been doing for the last three months. I love crunchy leaves and crisp days with clear skies. We've had a fair few wet days as well in the mix but I do love making the most of this time of year (and every time of year).

So what does autumning involve? Well in my case it has involved studying, volunteering, writing, sleeping, adventuring and cooking. Here are some more pictures to provide a bit of a recap of what I have been doing.

Bacon Sandwiches and Tea at Relish has happened a few times (and quite right too)

I could not resist this skull cupcake. How cute is he?  He was super tasty too!

Studying, studying, studying

Enjoying some glorious sunrises over breakfast

And loving Leith even when it is dreich

With lots of trips away for weddings and birthdays!

Monday, 24 November 2014

Monday Music: Big Data

Totally stole this from the excellent Jen at Treble and Lace. Have you checked out her blog?  It is super cute, full of great photos, lovely outfits and some excellent music. She is great.

Anyway she posted this song and it made me happy so I am sharing it here too. But her comments sum it up so I shall not repeat them.

Check it out.

Big Data: The Business of Emotion

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